Scandlines makes Fehmarn ferries fit for the future

The Scandlines shipping company wants to operate its ferries on the Puttgarden-Rödby route emission-free by 2030. To this end, the two RoRo ferries, “Schleswig” and “Deutschland”, are to be equipped with a plug-in hybrid solution.

The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has been commissioned to supply the necessary equipment. [ds_preview]

According to the information provided, the conversion is “a key element in Scandlines’ goal of achieving emission-free operation on this route by 2030”. The company has set itself the goal of making its entire operation emission-free by 2040.

Scandlines replaces engine with shore power

As part of the project, an engine and the existing systems will be replaced by a new shore power system, including a large energy storage system. This will make it possible to cover around 80% of the energy required for each crossing with electricity.

“We are very pleased to have found the key supplier and are very much looking forward to working with Wärtsilä and starting the conversion. With the plug-in hybrid ferries, we can get even closer to our goal of operating the Puttgarden-Rødby route emission-free by 2030,” says Michael Guldmann Petersen, CEO of Scandlines.

The route is to be emission-free by 2030

Wärtsilä will develop and supply the hybrid converters, the energy storage system (ESS) and the energy management system (EMS), as well as the switchgear, transformers, onboard port charger and replacement components for the existing switchgear. In addition, Wärtsilä will supervise the installations on the 142 m long vessels, carry out commissioning and provide preventive maintenance services. Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for the summer of 2025.

“We are pleased to support Scandlines in its vision to create environmentally sustainable transportation options for the region. Electrification of vessels is one of the solutions for decarbonising shipping, and as the world’s largest retrofit project of its kind, we can help Scandlines move closer to their goal of making the route emission-free by 2030,” comments Roger Holm, President of Wärtsilä Marine and Executive Vice President of Wärtsilä Corporation.

Wärtsilä / Scandlines
The conversion is planned for the coming year

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Caption: The conversion is planned for the coming year